Our Speciality Yoga Courses
Speciality Yoga are yoga classes and workshops that are offered throughout the year. This include Ayurvedic Yoga that incorporates seasonal yoga programs that harmonize our physical body with the environment, Yoga workshops with specific objectives such as to promote Healthy Digestion, Relief from the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause, Yoga for Stress Reduction and Chronic Pain. Courses may also be offered for Golfers, Runners, Cyclist and other sports to help injury prevention and performance. Consult this section frequently as these courses are offered only periodically during the year.
Ayur Yoga is a holistic healing approach and it encourages us to be present and mindful of our unique and individualised needs and differences in every moment of our lives. It teaches us to know ourselves in body and mind. This will help us to understand better the needs for changes and growth and enhanced perfect health in body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda recommends yoga as part of a daily regimen (dinacharya). However, one should use yoga in a way which benefits our doshic imbalances (Vikriti), seasonal changes, stages of life, and finally our natural constitution (Prakruthi). Yogic practices such as Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath expansion), Meditation (Dhyana), and self knowledge about our true nature are all used as therapeutic tools to balance excess dosha and to heal our physical and psycho- emotional body. A yoga asana may be beneficial to one individual with a certain doshic type, but might cause harm to another.
Yoga asana practices can benefit all body types (doshic types). However the intensity, the length of the hold in Asanas (postures), breathing techniques should always be adapted according to an individual’s Prakruthi (nature) and Vikruti (imbalances). These classes are taught by a Certified Ayurvedic Practitionner, Yoga Therapist and E-RYT -500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher).
Stress Reduction Yoga
This class is for those of us who would like to release some of the stress and anxiety resulting from our busy lives. Using meditation, pranayama techniques (breathing exercises), gentle hatha yoga postures and relaxation techniques, it brings us to a calm and serene place of just being present! The classes are gentle, the postures are done slowly, union of breath with movement is emphasized, and a mindful - present moment practice, all having proven benefits to help with stress and anxiety, are hallmarks of this restorative and stress reducing yoga class. The blocks and props are used both as a therapeutic tool or to allow for a safe, gradual, and progressive performance of the postures. Breathing, meditation and mantras are also part of this program. This course will offer the participants mental calm and body relaxation, feeling light and rejuvenated. This class is based upon the fundamental principle of mindfulness base stress reduction developed by Jonn Kabit Zinn.
Yoga Mixed Level (Hatha Yoga)
Mixed Level Yoga sequence is the combination of classical Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) combined with breathing techniques, and finishes with relaxation techniques. This course involves a range of balanced yoga asanas, from standing, sitting, and back bending and twisting poses. Each posture is usually performed once and the postures are held for several deep inspiration and expiration. Modifications and props may be used to enhance a safe and joyful experience. This course promotes mobility and flexibility, emphasizing correct posture and alignment, helps to improve attention and mindfulness. As the mind quiets and centers, a general sense of well-being arises. Hatha yoga can be practiced, with great benefit, by students of all ages, and from all walks of life.
Yoga therapy is a holistic healing approach that encourage us to be present and mindful of our unique and individualise needs and differences in every moment of our lives.This will help us to understand better the need for changes and growth and enhanced perfect health in body, mind and spirit.
Therapeutic yoga is an application of yogic principles (postures, breathing exercises, mudra,marma point and meditation) along with diet and life style changes to each person with an objective of achieving a perfect harmony in body and mind.
This is a self-empowering process, that addresses health issues in a multi dimensional way, helping in elevating the issue through a sequence of restorative yoga therapy, yoga postures, pranayama, mudra, marmani (point of energy or meridian) point and if necessary a change in the diet. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transformation for the "normal" or healthy individual, Ayurvedic Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.
Yoga for all (Prana yoga)
Yoga for all is a class which help us in harmonizing body movement and mind through breathing. In this class we will learn how to refine our ability to use our breath to move our bodies from the inside out; get the most benefit out of each yoga Posture given our own individual, unique bodily structure; and make our Yoga practice truly mindful. When body, breath, and mind work in real harmony, we can enter into deeply serene meditative states and move toward much higher levels of personal growth.
In order to find out how to reveal our innermost being, the sages explored the various sheaths of existence, starting from body and progressing through mind and intelligence, and ultimately to the soul. The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center ofour being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the variouslayers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass."
~B.K.S. Iyengar –Light on Life